Paid refereeing commencing January 2018

A new initiative this year is the introduction of paid refereeing. To be eligible to be paid you will need to successfully complete the unofficial referee course being held during Term 1. The aim of introducing this course is to improve the standard of refereeing, which will in turn, improve the standard of the competition. You can indicate your interest via email or in person prior to the start of the course.

Who should do the course?

All registered players are eligible and encouraged to attend the course. Improving the standard of refereeing benefits all. Numbers are limited so sign up early.

When the course is on:

The theory part of the course will be run over 6 nights from 5.30pm - 6pm in the Bolton Park Stadium Meeting Room. The dates for the theory sessions are February 15 and 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Additionally, members will need to demonstrate practical competence by refereeing one or more games during the course of Term 1, 2018. 

Course content:

The content of the course includes selected sections of the current FIVB rules relevant to our competition. In particular, the correct use of hand signals and rules relating to play of the ball and the role of the first/ second referee.

Why not an official course?

Your tutor is Allison Appleby (President WVA), a Level 2 qualified referee with experience refereeing State Cup, Australian Junior Volleyball Championships, Good Neighbour, AVL and SVL. An official course can only be run by a Level 3 or higher referee. The purpose of this course is to improve the standard of refereeing at our local competition, making you eligible for payment by our local club. To be eligible to be paid at official events you need to complete a Level 2 course (there is potentially an opportunity for WVA sponsorship for this).

What will I get paid and how often will I referee?

The fee for players completing the referee course is $7 per game (1st referee only). You are likely to be rostered to 1st referee fortnightly over the entire season, which will consist of approximately 10 games unless you wish to referee more. There is no payment for second referee or scoring.

When will I get paid?

Referees will be paid at the end of each school term for the games they have refereed during that term.

What if I don't complete the course?

Players who sign up for refereeing will be rostered to referee during Term 1. If you don't successfully complete the course then you won't be paid for the games you have refereed.

Will my team still get rostered for duty?

Teams will still be required to do duty as has been the case in the past.

Further questions? 

Further questions should be directed to President Allison Appleby via email.

Vicious & Delicious 'dig' their way to the title

Season II 2017 Grand Final Results

A Grade: Vicious & Delicious (pictured) def Diggers 3-1

B Grade: Blame it on the Blamey def TBG All Stars 3-1

C Grade: Guatama Buddha def Volleyrogers 3-0


Award Recipients

Joe Kotzur Giant Improvement Award: Lachlan Grant

The Hudson Trophy: Brendan Watson (Vicious & Delicious)

Sherie Collins Memorial Trophy: Matthew Lloyd

A Grade Season MVP: Brendan Watson (Vicious & Delicious)

A Grade GF MVP: Matthew Lloyd (Vicious & Delicious)

B Grade Season MVP: Rasho Sharkan

B Grade GF MVP: Lincoln Weir (Blame it on the Blamey)

C Grade Season Most Improved: Lachlan Grant

C Grade GF MVP: Virginie Vignas

News from the Committee

As a follow up to our last committee meeting where we discussed results from the members survey we have decided to bring in paid refereeing for 2018. To be eligible for payment players will need to attend and complete a referee course at the start of the year. It is anticipated the course will be run as one block of time prior to the season start and then on Thursday fortnights for half an hour before games each week (new game start time 6:30pm). Payments will be made at the end of each term. This opportunity is suitable for both new and experienced players or non-players who would like to referee. There have been many changes to rules in the past few years and all players could benefit from a refresher. We don't expect all games will be refereed by paid personnel but it will reduce the pressure on duty teams.

On the alternate Thursdays we are planning on holding half an hours training for the proposed B grade development team which had a lot of support in survey responses. Anybody who would like to be involved as a trainer or player should let the committee know asap. 

These initiatives are primarily being funded by our recent fundraising Bunnings BBQ.

With the introduction of Fortix for registrations, we are looking at an alternative method of collecting court fees with a payment per player where the cost is dependent upon if you are going to play in one or two grades. Players will not be able to play in all three grades as they need to be eligible to do duty. Players who initially register to only play in one grade will have three "free hits" at playing in a second grade before they will need to pay the additional fee to upgrade and thus be eligible to play in two grades otherwise the team they play for will be penalised with points for playing with ineligible players. As you can imagine this system increases the job of dealing with financial transactions considerably and we will need all players to be compliant with prompt payment. We will be holding two come and try/ registration evenings at the start of 2018 in order to enable payments to be processed and teams organised.

We are currently uncertain as to where volleyball will be located into the future as the proposed redevelopment of Bolton Park moves forward, also the building of the new PCYC has progressed and plans for Equex provides us with a choice of options. We are holding funds as a contingency for the anticipated costs associated with purchasing new net stands/ net systems. In 2017 we spent considerable funds on new nets, balls, a ball trolley and accessories to update equipment. We also supported four teams to compete at Good Neighbour in Canberra (with 2 x seconds, a third and fourth results), one team at Canberra Cup in May (who won) and another in October (third). We had proposed a short summer competition or a change of playing seasons but neither of these had enough support from players who responded to the survey.  

Your committee currently consists of Allison, Nicole, Kirra and Shane. We thank you for taking the time to respond to the survey and wanted you to know that we are always listening to your suggestions and hope you can see this by the changes we are implementing in 2018. We want volleyball to continue to grow and for this to be a financially strong and secure club. We are always on the lookout for new committee members so if you are interested in helping out your association please make it known to your committee.   

Allison A, President, Wagga Volleyball

Good Neighbour success

Well, Good Neighbour has come and gone for another year.

In 2017, Wagga Volleyball entered four teams into the tournament, which was held on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26, November. 

Wagga Volleyball would like to congratulations...

  • Sherie’s Lads who claimed Silver in the Men’s Division 4 Competition
  • Wagga Setbacks took out Silver in the Mixed Competition
  • Wagga Wildcats who collected Bronze in the Women’s Division 4 Competition, and
  • Wagga Phoenix who narrowly missed out on Bronze in the Men’s Division 4 Competition

To read the article The Daily Advertiser ran on November 30 please click here.

For more photos from the weekend please click here.

Forever in our hearts

The Wagga Volleyball Association and community would like to send sincere condolences to the family of the late Sherie Hill Collins who sadly passed away on Sunday 1st of October, 2017.

Many Wagga Volleyball members will have played alongside or against Sherie over the years and will remember her as a spirited competitor who loved to have a hit and always encouraged others to join in.

Sherie was an active members of the committee for many years and often represented the Club at competitions including Good Neighbour, SLAM and Canberra Cup.

Volleyball was such a huge part of Sherie's life. She always loved (and often facilitated) theme nights and put 110% into her costume each time.

Her beautiful smile and inviting soul will be dearly missed.

Rest in peace, Shez xx

Spooners, Diggers and Buddhas Psych Out opponents

Season I 2017 Grand Final Results

A Grade: Spooners def Setstastic ~ 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18.

B Grade: Diggers def Psych Out ~ 25-23, 25-14, 25-20.

C Grade: Guatama Buddha (pictured) def Crazy Echidnas ~ 25-13, 25-11, 15-25, 23-18.


Award Recipients

Joe Kotzur Giant Improvement Award: Finley Guinness

The Hudson Trophy: Brendan Watson

A Grade Season MVP: Brendan Watson (Vicious & Delicious)

A Grade GF MVP: Alfe Tomanes (Setstastic)

B Grade Season MVP: Kurt Tinnock (Orange Peelers)

B Grade GF MVP: Lincoln Weir (Diggers)

C Grade Season Most Improved: Finley Guinness (Take a Hit)

C Grade GF MVP: Binod Bonstola (Guatama Buddha)

Wagga Sets win the Canberra Cup

On Saturday 13th of May, Wagga Volleyballs 'Wagga Sets' traveled over to Canberra to compete in the 2017 Canberra Cup.

The team, captained by Brendan Watson consisted of just six players who were playing volleyball together for the first time. The team was made up of:

  • Brendan Watson (c)
  • Matt Lloyd
  • Luke Dennis
  • Louie Quinto
  • Susanne Waia
  • Lisa Cameron

Wagga Sets were good enough to win all three of their games in the lead up to the volleyball finals.

While Wagga Sets dropped the first set in the Division 2 Grand Final against the Storm, the team bounced back to win 20-25, 25-10, 25-22.

To read the full article composed by the Wagga Daily Advertiser, please click here.